There was a massive pedophile ring exposed and 474 child predators were involved. 29 children and 27 adults were victims of this ring and they were rescued during this three day sting operation.
This operation was carried out by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and more than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces from across California.
Investigators say as part of the sting, undercover law enforcement officers posed as prostitutes on street corners, while specially-trained cyber detectives posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers. Joseph Macias, the special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles, added:
“Our goal in this unprecedented collaborative enforcement effort was two-fold. First, to provide vital services to any sex trafficking victims we encountered, so they can begin to reclaim and rebuild their lives.
“Second, to start the process to reclaim and rebuild the neighborhoods that have been degraded by organized prostitution schemes which not only exploit the vulnerable, but also often draw other criminal enterprises into the area.”
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